Florida Gators: NFL draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Reaching the NFL -- and potentially becoming a first-round draft pick -- is something that every recruit wants to achieve. It’s a big part of their school decisions.

They might like two campuses, two programs, two stadiums, two weight rooms, two position coaches and two head coaches equally, but if they believe one situation offers a better chance to reach the NFL, it will be that school’s hat they pull out from under a table on national signing day.

David Sharpe
Courtesy of Providence SchoolOffensive tackle David Sharpe might soon hear about Florida's success at the NFL draft as part of the recruiting pitch.
Alabama has churned out 33 draft picks, including 14 in the first round, over the past five years. Nick Saban takes elite high school players and turns them into professional millionaires. That, in turn, has more elite players keep coming to Tuscaloosa. That’s a big reason why Alabama has won three of the last four BCS national championships and is among the favorites to make it four our of five.

What happened last week in New York was a celebration of all those players’ hard work. But it also is a huge recruiting tool, which is why Saban, LSU’s Les Miles, and Florida’s Will Muschamp were among the coaches in attendance.

“It always helps,” Muschamp said. “You want to be able to show some results as far as recruits are concerned. They want to be able to see what kind of players you’re putting out. They want to see you winning games and see you being able to have a positive environment for a student-athlete to come to the University of Florida. So there’s no question it helps.”

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The 2013 NFL draft was certainly a good one for the Florida Gators, especially after the poor showing in the prior year, in which only two Gators were drafted. This year, Florida had eight taken between Thursday and Saturday. That’s one shy of the school record for most UF players drafted in the seven-round format.

The 2014 could be pretty similar. The Gators have 11 scholarship seniors graduating and could lose three underclassmen. Of those 14 players, eight project as draftable -- including two possible first-round selections.

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesDominique Easley, with his impressive first step, could become as noted in 2014 NFL draft discussions as 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd.
Here’s an early look at next year’s draft class (* - denotes underclassman):

DE/LB Ronald Powell * (6-foot-4, 234 pounds)
Projected rounds: 1-3


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sharrif Floyd hasn’t played a down of football since Florida’s loss to Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but his NFL draft stock is soaring.

The 6-foot-3, 297-pound defensive tackle has gone from being a possible first-round pick in the days after the Sugar Bowl to a near lock to be a top-10 pick -- and potentially going in the top three.


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Sharrif Floyd not ready to look back

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Sharrif FloydCourtesy of IMG AcademySharrif Floyd, who endured a tough childhood in Philadelphia, is likely to be a first-round pick in April.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- On a sun-splashed Florida afternoon, Sharrif Floyd sat and chatted about where he’s been and where he’s going. It’s a remarkable story, one that should fill Floyd with a sense of accomplishment.

But that’s not the case.

“Someone told me recently to look in the mirror and reflect on everything," Floyd said. “But I’m not ready yet. It’s not time to reflect."

The time is coming, and Floyd knows it. The University of Florida defensive tackle is expected to be a first-round pick in April’s NFL draft, and that means he’ll get a contract worth millions of dollars. It’s so close that Floyd can see it, but he doesn’t want to jinx anything. He said he’s treating this week’s scouting combine as a way to seal his future.

If he does what he’s supposed to do in Indianapolis over the coming days, he’ll hear his name called in the first round in April. Only then will he pause to reflect.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Today should have been the day Janoris Jenkins arrived in a new city and was introduced to the media there as a first-round draft pick.

Instead, the former Florida cornerback was sitting on a couch staring into a television camera as he waited to hear his name called.

It finally happened, as the St. Louis Rams selected Jenkins with the seventh pick in the second round, 39th overall. It probably came about 24 hours later than he should have been drafted, but Jenkins' baggage and character issues cost him a spot in the first round.

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